Sallaum Lines & Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Start Building Ocean Class ships

Switzerland’s large vehicle carrier Sallaum Lines which owns and charters fleet of pure car & truck carrier (PCTC) vessels, hosted the steel-cutting ceremony at the Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Co Ltd Shipyard in Fuzhou, China on March 23.

The ceremony commemorated the initiation of construction for the ocean class series, comprising a fleet of “vessels poised to redefine cargo transportation standards,” as the shipowner Sallaum Lines claims.

The ocean class series represents Sallaum Lines’ new fleet expansion initiative, with the first vessel named “Ocean Explorer” leading the way. The first ship is set for delivery in late 2025.

“This cutting-edge vessel, boasting a capacity of 7,500 ceu and utilizing dual-fuel LNG technology, promises efficiency and environmental consciousness in maritime operations,” reads the statement of the company.

Sallaum Lines’ large car and truck carrier (LCTC) vessel is larger than conventional pure car and truck carriers (PCTC).

With a length of over 200 meters, 38m in width, and a depth of 15m, the vessel also has a higher ramp and deck capacity, expanding the range of cargo that can be lifted.

With 14 vehicle decks, the robust design ensures effective cargo handling and maximizes operational efficiency.

The dual-fuel LNG design, developed in collaboration with the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design And Research Institute (SDARI), enables the ocean class vessels to utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG), marine gas oil (MGO), and very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO).

According to Sallaum Lines statement, this versatile propulsion system enhances operational flexibility and contributes to a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, with a 25% decrease compared to traditional vessels.

Source: Sallaum Lines.